It Takes a Financial Commitment

The last couple of weeks I have written about how you can contribute to our endowment fund. This is an investment in the ongoing ministry of First United Methodist Church for years to come. 
Indeed that is important but I also want to remind us that right now is very important. We feed over 100 people a day, provide clothes, blankets, mail, hygiene items, and more. We are a community center for the very poor and homeless. Not only that but we have bible studies, worship, choir, and fellowship. We bring people together from all over our city. 
Our ministry takes a financial commitment. Because of our ministry with the poor, we have many supporters — churches and individuals. We have even received a few grants. But most important are the commitments from those of you who are part of this faith community. Indeed, our offering of service and financial gifts is part of our worship. 
July, August, September have been very low months for income. This has made the balance of the church account uncomfortably low. We have two Sundays left in September. Let’s see if we can end September on a strong note. If you have gotten behind on your commitment to the work of Christ here at FUMC maybe you can start catching up. If you are blessed financially, maybe you can give something extra.
Please pray about our financial situation, that we will finish 2019 in a strong way. You are an important part of this ministry. I am thankful for all of you. Thanks be to God!

Church Endowment?

Coming October 8 — 4 Week — Bible Study discussion group
“Light of the World” by Amy-Jill Levine
Tuesday nights — 7 to 8:30 PM
Author, biblical scholar, and professor, Amy-Jill Levine shows how the Gospel narratives connect to the Old Testament; highlights the role of women in first-century Jewish culture; and emphasizes the importance of Mary’s visitation, the census, the stable, the star of Bethlehem, and the flight to Egypt. 
Sign-up with Pastor Steve and purchase a book for $13. 
Friday Bible Study cancelled this week — Sept 6
Pastor Steve will be out of town that day. Class will resume next Friday. 
Why Give To Your Church Endowment? Did you know our church has an endowment fund? The purpose of an endowment fund is to financially sustain the mission and work of a charitable organization. The principal of an endowment is kept intact and only the annual earnings, typically income and a portion of the capital growth, are used to fund current needs and special projects. Your church has an endowment so that it can continue to carry on its important work in the years to come. You can make a significant contribution to further the mission of your church. In the weeks ahead I will share with you some of the ways you can help build our church endowment. 

Pastor Steve Lundin